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Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in 2014, Featured, Shows and Interviews, The Alchemy of Truth | 4 comments

#HumanRights | With Mohamd Tabbaa

The term “Human Rights” is a very positive term to use while opposing injustice or oppression, we also celebrated the document coined globally in 1948 that is known as the International Declaration of Human Rights.

Questions must be asked though about how universal these articles of human rights are. Is it accurate to call it a “universal declaration”? Has it succeeded in highlighting and therefore giving power to people’s rights as human beings?

There have been many examples of voices that had a problem with the formulation of the language and articles of what we know now as human rights, here is one by Dr Riffat Hassan

“What needs to be pointed out to those who uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be the highest, or sole, model, of a charter of equality and liberty for all human beings, is that given the Western origin and orientation of this Declaration, the “universality” of the assumptions on which it is based is – at the very least – problematic and subject to questioning. Furthermore, the alleged incompatibility between the concept of human rights and religion in general, or particular religions such as Islam, needs to be examined in an unbiased way.”

Mohamad Tabbaa is a PhD candidate in Law and Criminology at the University of Melbourne. He currently researches issues of discrimination against Muslim minority groups in the West – particularly in Australia.

Along with brother Tabbaa (visiting us in our Sydney studios) We will discuss the meanings, explicit and implicit of the terms Human and Rights in today’s reality, and how that affects us in Australia and the world today.

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2 comments
mewezesum
mewezesum

Do you have to reconcile the Islamic and current secular paradigm to formulate a new version of human rights that is relevant today? We don't have our own Islamic principles that can essentially guide it's formulation?




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greenflower
greenflower

Salam Mohamad,  


How is it practically possible to challenge the current language of human rights and its privileges towards national state besides via academic critical analysis?

How would Muslim formulate an ethical, God-centred version of human rights framework that can eventually be recognised beyond it merely being a reactionary to the secular version (eg like the one in Cairo)?

Do you have to reconcile the Islamic and current secular paradigm to formulate a new version of human rights that is relevant today? We don't have our own Islamic principles that can essentially guide it's formulation?

So, ok, the West appropriated human rights, but how can that be changed realistically and practically if an Islamic one was developed that goes beyond paper so it can eventually be practiced?

Does the Caliphate need to exist first in today's time to establish an Islamic version of universal human rights?

:)